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Debo Funeral Home & Summit Memorial Park

10920 Old Hwy Us 54 N, Holts Summit, MO

OBITUARY

Beverly Jean Kelley

January 23, 1934July 19, 2019

Beverly Jean Kelley, 85, entered Heaven’s Gates with her girls by her side on July 19, 2019 at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Beverly was born January 23, 1934, in Lawrenceville, Illinois, the second daughter of the late Randall F. and Mary Margurite Ring Fortner. She was married to James R. “Jim” Kelley on November 28, 1951 in Piggott, Arkansas.

She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in New Bloomfield and she enjoyed traveling with her girls, oil painting, quilting, crocheting and the St. Louis Cardinals. She graduated from Riverview Gardens High School in Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri and attended Westminster College and William Woods University in Fulton before receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri at the age of 50. She had worked for the State of Missouri for thirty one years until her retirement. Beverly was a published poet and a former Mary Kay representative. She was very proud of her girls and she will be remembered as a very loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Jim; four daughters, Judy Harris, Debbie (Ron) Murphy, Diane (Scott) Young and Sherri (Rick) Knoll; seven grandchildren, Craig Abbott, Kristi Heritage, Kelley Klein, Angela “Angie” Rummerfield, Karly Lawson, Elizabeth “Beth” McGeorge and Aaron Murphy along with seventeen great-grandchildren, Ashton Rydman, Asasiah “Asiah” Rydman, Delaney Brunk, Chandler Rydman, Braeden Klein, Sarah Abbott, Phoenix Lawson, Macie Abbott, Jerzie Lawson, Samuel McGeorge, Carl “Jack” McGeorge, Bentley Lawson, Lucas “Luke” McGeorge, Evan Rummerfield, Memphis Lawson, Madison “Maddie” Rummerfield and Charlotte McGeorge, one brother, Kenneth R. Fortner and one sister, Terri K. Green. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Shirley Ann Savens; grandson, Rick Hunger and her beloved pets, Charlie Brown and Buddy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery Fund in care of Debo Funeral Home, 833 Court Street, Fulton, Missouri 65251.

online condolences may be made at www.debofuneralhome.com

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  • Hopewell Cemetery Fund

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 24, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Memories

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Steve Savens

July 24, 2019

I will miss you Aunt Bev. See you soon!

Kathy Greber

July 24, 2019

My thoughts & prayers are with all of you at this very sad time. I have a lot of great memories of Aunt Bev growing up through the years. She is a great woman!!!! Hugs to all of you!!!!

Marlene West

July 23, 2019

I met Bev when she came to visit her sister Shirley. We had lunch together and shared some Facebook posts.
My daughter Marsha is married to Shirley’s son Scott Savens.
Bev was a lovely and friendly lady and it was a pleasure to know her!

Mary Eller

July 21, 2019

Beverly and I go way back as nurses working for the division of aging. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Heaven gets a great nurse plus just a beautiful soul. RIP my friend.

Marsha Savens

July 21, 2019

Scott is missing his Aunt Bev and I am missing her too. We will miss our texting and phone calls. We so loved visiting with you and loved our time together, wish we lived closer to each other where we could’ve just dropped in for a visit and a hug. Thank you for your love. A memory that we will treasure, is when we would end our phone calls. I would say goodbye first and say I love you Aunt Bev and she would say, I love you too honey and then I would pass the phone to Scott or just listen if we were on speaker phone and she would say...I love you Scott and then he would say..,I love you more and then she would say I love you most and then it would be the mostest and on and on. I personally will miss watching Scotts face as they said their goodbyes. Goodbye Aunt Bev, We Love You More. ❤️ Scott and Marsha

Sandra Haymart

July 20, 2019


Beverly was a sweet lady. She spoke with a smile in her voice. May your sweet memories heal your hearts.

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